Welcome to the Political Science Department

Penn’s Political Science Department is experiencing a renaissance. Over the past decade, our faculty has grown by 50%, an increase in quantity that has been matched by gains in quality. The strength of our faculty in each of four major subfields is being built with an eye to excellence embracing a variety of approaches and methodologies.

Welcome to the Political Science Department

The department’s combination of distinction and diversity has resulted in a rapid expansion of the undergraduate program and a newly invigorated Ph.D. program. Our faculty and graduate students play key roles in numerous centers and organizations across Penn’s campus whose missions bear on topics of interest to political scientists.

Welcome to the Political Science Department

We hope you will explore the website for a glimpse into the variety of our programs, activities, and classes, as well as an introduction to the accomplishments of the people who comprise the Political Science Department at Penn.

News & Announcements

O’Leary Awarded ISA Distinguished Scholar Award

Professor Brendan O’Leary who was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award of the International Studies Association's Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Studies Section for life-time contributions to the study of nationalism and ethnic conflict resolution, along with his regular co-author John McGarry.      

Lustick on Trump, Israel, and the Two-State Solution

Professor Ian Lustick wrote an op-ed in The Guardian about how President Donald Trump's press conference with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu offers alternatives to the two-state solution.     

Horowitz on Robotics and the Future of Military Jobs

Professor Michael C. Horowitz was quoted in an article about the impact of robotics and automation on the future of jobs in the military.     

Gottschalk Interviewed by Swiss Newspaper

Professor Marie Gottschalk was interviewed by the "Neue Zürcher Zeitung", a leading Swiss newspaper, for an article on mass incarceration in the United States.     

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair